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Mental Health and Addiction go Hand in Hand

18-11-2015

 

Mental Health and Addiction go Hand in Hand

TORONTO (November 17, 2015) – This week is National Addictions Awareness Week, an annual initiative that provides an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about substance abuse prevention, how addiction impacts communities across the country, and what resources are available to help. Given the fact that addiction and mental health issues are very strongly connected, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to call caring attention to the many Canadians who struggle with addiction on a daily basis.

“Addiction and mental health are very much related,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “In fact, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has found that in any given year, one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem, and at least 20% of people with a mental illness have a co-occurring substance use problem.”

 Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 12 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

“Addiction impacts not just the individual, but family and friends as well,” continued Bond. “The need to provide mental health support to those closely connected to someone struggling with addiction is also important as it can be extremely painful and difficult journey for all involved.”

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health. From art therapy and music therapy to talk therapy, from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues. 

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 12 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

For more information, please contact:

 Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Mental Health Day

09-10-2015

 

On World Mental Health Day, Focus on 20% of Canadians Who Struggle with Mental Health Issues

 TORONTO (October 9, 2015) – Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, an annual initiative aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues globally and mobilizing efforts in support of mental wellness. With mental health issues impacting an estimated 1 in 5 Canadians each year, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to bring greater attention on behalf of those who are struggling, call for greater understanding of mental health issues, and highlight Alliance resources available to help.

“The World Health Organization’s annual Mental Health Day offers an important reminder on the impacts mental illness has on too many individuals and their families,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “With the election in full swing, World Mental Health Day also provides an excellent opportunity for Canadians to have their voices heard and ensure that all political parties make mental health a priority.”

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

“Our organization is concerned that individuals struggling with their mental health may not be aware of the many resources available to them,” continued Bond. “Access to quality care is essential, particularly given the many thousands within Ontario alone that can be impacted by depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health issues on a daily basis.”

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health. From art therapy and music therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

 

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

For more information, please contact:

 Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children’s Mental Health

25-06-2015

 

The Importance of Children’s Mental Health and the Necessity of Early Help

 

 TORONTO (June 4, 2015) – With summer drawing near, children across Ontario will soon be completing their school year and enjoying the warm weather and various activities that follow. However, not all children will be able to enjoy the summer. With the start of the new season, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to call attention to the growing number of children that are impacted by mental illness.

 

"According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 1 in 5 children are struggling with their mental health,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “Our alliance is dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to adequate support systems for both the detection and treatment of mental illness. There are far too many kids living without the assistance that they need, or waiting on increasingly long wait lists for treatment, and this is an alarming signal that we as a society aren’t dealing with this situation properly.”

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

 “A large percentage of mental health issues emerge during adolescence, which is a crucial time for a child’s mental and physical development,” continued Bond. “There are a number of aspects that contribute to children’s mental health including biological factors, difficult experiences, and social circumstances. The consequences of not providing suitable care are far-reaching; it is never too early to focus on children’s mental health in order to maintain their emotional strength and balance while they continue to develop.”

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health. From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128

National Mental Health Week

25-06-2015

The Need to  Eliminate the Stigma on Mental Illness

 

TORONTO (May 4th, 2015) Today is the first day of National Mental Health week, an annual awareness initiative focused on supporting the individuals and families in Canada struggling with mental health issues. In recognition of this important week, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to call attention to the need to lessen the stigma on those impacted by mental illness.

 

“National Mental Health Week is extremely important in bringing attention to the estimated 1 in 5 Canadians who struggle with mental health issues each year,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “Our alliance is particularly concerned with the ongoing stigma placed on individuals with mental illness. It’s critical that people focus on mental wellness in the same capacity as they would their physical health, and lessening the stigma is an important first step in that process.”

 

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

 

“Awareness campaigns like Mental Health Week are so important in making sure people with mental health issues don’t fall through the cracks when it comes to treatment,” continued Bond. “With a greater focus on wellness, we can treat mental health issues before they become serious. Our Alliance offers a wide array of psychotherapy and counselling services with the aim of helping individuals before something tragic happens due to lack of treatment.”

 

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health.  From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128 

National Day of Mourning

30-04-2015

 

Need to Focus on Mental Health

 

TORONTO (April 28th, 2015) – Today, in recognition of National Day of Mourning, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to highlight the impact mental health issues have in the workplace. National Day of Mourning is recognized annually and seeks to bring awareness to individuals who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. In addition, families and friends are recognized who have been impacted by these tragedies.

“National Day of Mourning focuses on those who have experienced illness or death within the workplace, and now more than ever we are seeing the effects of mental health issues and its impact in the work sphere,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “In fact, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health notes that in any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health issues which shows how great an impact these issues have and how necessary it is for people to know where to look for help.”

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

"It’s also important to note that any family or friends of individuals who has been injured or killed while at the workplace could very likely experience trauma and a myriad of other mental health issues,” continued Bond. “It’s equally as important for caretakers or family members to be aware of their own mental wellness.”

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health.  From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

 

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128

Congratulations to the New College

08-04-2015

 

Congratulations to the New College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

 

TORONTO (April 2nd, 2015) – The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to congratulate the Ontario government on yesterday’s proclamation by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 will be enforced as of April 1st, resulting in a fully functional College that will regulate Psychotherapists in the province. 

“This announcement is the next important step in the process,” said Bob Bond, Chair of the OAMHP. “For years, our Alliance has been dedicated to encouraging the government in its quest to hold accountable the counselling and psychotherapy professions, and we are thrilled to see the College finally come into effect.”

The OAMHP is an umbrella organization whose members are professional associations in the field of mental health. The Alliance was formed in 2002 in large part to seek government regulation of non-statutory self-regulating mental health professionals as indispensable members of the health care system of Ontario.

“This new College will ensure the public receives the quality mental health care they need,” continued Bond.  “Given that an estimated 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with a mental health issue at some point in their lives, this new framework hopefully will support the overall evolution of the health care system towards providing more services – and, for many people, altogether more appropriate services – particularly for those who are most in need.”

The OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

“All 13 members of the OAMHP want to congratulate the Transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists for a job well done and staying the course,” concluded Bond. “This announcement marks an important milestone in a long journey and will undoubtedly bring a very positive change for Ontarians experiencing mental health issues.”

 

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128   

Make Some Noise to Celebrate Music Therapy Month

27-03-2015

Music Therapy Events to be Held Across Ontario on March 29th

 

TORONTO (March 27th, 2015) March is Music Therapy Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness on the positive impact music therapy has on thousands of Canadians each year, many of whom are children. In recognition, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP), which includes the Music Therapy Association of Ontario in its membership, wants to encourage families to participate in events that will be taking place in 10 cities across Canada, including several across Ontario on Sunday, March 29th.

 

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health services in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

 

“Music is one of the most basic human means of expression and communication,” said Michelle Song, an Accredited Music Therapist and Member of the OAMHP Steering Committee. “This type of therapy is highly successful in assisting individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues, including children with autism, seniors with dementia or youth at risk, among many others.”

 

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health.  From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

 

“Music Therapy is somewhat lesser known than other therapies out there,” concluded Song. “It’s been extremely effective for individuals who struggle with developmental and physical disabilities, substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, acquired brain injury, learning disabilities and communication disorders and we hope people will come out and show their support on March 29th.”

 

For more information on Music Therapy Awareness Month, visit www.musictherapyontario.com

 

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The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy.  For more information, please visit OAMHP’s website at www.ontariomentalhealthalliance.ca or on Twitter @OAMHP.

 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128

Stand Up to Bullying on National Pink Shirt Day

25-02-2015

OAMHP Calls Attention to Mental Health Issues that Result from Bullying

TORONTO (February 25th, 2015) – Today, in recognition of National Pink Shirt Day, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to call attention to the impact bullying has on the mental health of all Canadians, particularly children.

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

“Bullying can impact anyone regardless of age and can have lasting effects on self-esteem and self-worth,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “There are mental health organizations available to help with the psychological consequences of bullying, and the OAMHP represents 13 resources that can help make a positive difference.”

National Pink Shirt Day aims to inspire Canadians to stand up against bullying. Bullying can impact any one of any age, but can be particularly detrimental to children. A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that an estimated one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying.

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health.  From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing. It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

Bond concludes, “National Pink Shirt Day serves as an important reminder that help exists for anyone struggling with the negative consequences of being bullied.”

The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy. 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128

New Year New You

25-02-2015

New Year, New You: Focus on Your Mental Health

TORONTO (January 7th, 2015) – With the new year, many Canadians are participating in the tradition of choosing a resolution that will guide life choices for the months to come. This annual emphasis on self-improvement offers opportunity for Ontarians truly to focus on all aspects of their wellness. Given that an estimated 1 in 5 Canadians develop a mental illness at some point in their lives, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) wants to emphasize the chance to evaluate one’s mental wellness and to consider the many options available to resource and equip mental, emotional, relational and spiritual wellbeing in communities across the province.

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight different mental health modalities in Ontario, each with its own benefits. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of the best mental healthcare options available.

“Reflection on the months and years gone by can lead to better clarity about wounds crying out to be healed and patterns begging for change,” said Bob Bond, Chair of OAMHP. “There is wisdom in taking the next steps: actually doing the work towards a more grounded and balanced life.”

The OAMHP finds that the area of Canadian healthcare most complex to negotiate on the consumer side, and to orchestrate on the provider side, is mental health.  From art therapy, music therapy and play therapy to talk therapy; from cognitive, emotional  and spiritual matters through relational ones, there are a myriad of services that focus on wellbeing.  It is critical Ontarians know where to look if they or a family member or friend are experiencing mental health issues.

“So many people struggle with mental, emotional, spiritual and relational issues but don’t know how to face them,” concluded Bond. “OAMHP members provide services that can help the significant percentage of Ontarians facing these difficulties and ready to make positive changes in their lives.”

The Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners(OAMHP) is an umbrella organization whose 13 members are professional associations and institutions invested to work together in province’s field of mental health. OAMHP was formed to address the issue of regulating counselling and psychotherapy. 

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Waldmeier, Public Relations

Phone: 613-233-8906   Cell: 613-894-2128

Seasonal Stress: There is help

25-02-2015

Holidays can result in anxiety for families across Ontario

TORONTO (December 11th, 2014) – In light of the holiday season, the Ontario Alliance of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP) would like to remind Canadians that tension and anxiety can be particularly prominent at this time of year. With the responsibilities that come with hosting large family gatherings, the accentuated loss or aloneness felt by many, the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it is essential that Ontarians are aware that there are organizations available to help those struggling with mental health concerns.

Since 2002, the OAMHP has served to highlight the different mental health resources in Ontario, each with its own benefit. The Alliance includes 13 mental health organizations and institutions invested in working together to ensure that Ontarians are aware of  the best mental healthcare options available.

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